By Herbert Brooks Hatch
Memoirs of a WWII Fighter Pilot
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When we got ready to go back to work, I promised her I'd take her for piggy-back ride in 38 as soon as I could. 70 A week later, the squadron was on standdown for a couple of days, so I tried to reach her at the hospital. Making a personal calion Air Force telephone lines was almost impossible, but by lying a lot I managed to get through and made a date for the next day. l'n·t all hell. Notch and Tony Noonan recover on the Isle oj my troubles started. I went Capri on Rand R. Their associale reII/o ins lin identified.
The one real recollection I have of that party is that of the burning hatred those Polish pilots had for the Germans. Everyone of them, it seemed, had lost family, friends and home during the German attack on Poland, and all they were living for was to kill Germans. Theirs was a personal war. Ours wasn't, for which we should all be thankful. O. 'D Our Group Commander was Colonel Bob Richards, a West Point man and a damned fine officer. He was tough but fair, and he went by the book, West Point style.
Here's how it all came about. There is a chap by the name of Carlos Marlow who has been, and is, the greatest collector of fighter pi lots' autographs and pictures that I know of. His collection includes American, British, French, German, Italian, Russian and Japanese pilots - all Aces. Anyone who flew fighters and qualified as an Ace in his airforce was fair game for Carlos. At last count, he told me he was up to thirteen hundred names. He maintains a card file and every year each of us gets a birthday card.
An Ace and His Angel: Memoirs of a WWII Fighter Pilot by Herbert Brooks Hatch